Special Package for Irrigation Projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada (Download PDF)


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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved implementation of Centrally Sponsored-Scheme for completion of 83 minor irrigation projects & 8 major or medium irrigation projects in Maharashtra’s drought prone areas of Vidarbha, Marathawada regions.

Map Maharashtra’s drought prone areas's Vidharbha, Marathawada

Map Maharashtra’s Drought Prone Areas’s Vidharbha, Marathawada

Map of Maharashtra’s drought prone areas of Vidharbha, Marathawada regions

Key Facts on Special Package for Irrigation Projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada

  • Special package aims to create additional potential of 3.77 lakh hectares in these drought prone areas.

  • It will ensure assured source of water to farmers in command area of these projects.

  • This will increase yield of their crops & thereby increase income of farmers.

  • Projects included under special package will be funded under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana- Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (PMKSY- AIBP) & are planned to be completed by December 2019.

  • Progress of projects will be monitored by State as well as Central Water Commission (CWC).

  • Overall balance cost of projects is estimated to be Rs. 13,651.61 cr. Central Assistance for implementation of these projects will be Rs. 3,831.41 cr. & rest will be provided by State Govt. which may be arranged thru NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development).

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Benefits of Special Package for Irrigation Projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada

  • On completion of these projects, utilization of irrigation potential of about 3.77 lakh ha will transform agriculture scenario of these drought prone region resulting in generation of substantially more employment opportunities thru increase in cropping intensity, change in cropping pattern, agro processing, & other ancillary activities.

  • It will result employment generation of approx. 341 lakh man-days for unskilled, semi-skilled & skilled workers.

Background on Drought in Maharashtra

  • Maharashtra has experienced hydrological & agricultural drought during 3 years period from 2012 to 2016.

  • Situation was worst in Vidharbha & Marathawada region w/high incidence rate of suicides by farmers.

  • Besides, these regions, drought prone areas (DPA) in rest of state had experienced distress in recent years.

  • These irrigation projects are ongoing projects, but they were languishing due to fund constraints.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2018

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